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CJ, a senior Yorkie mix from City Dogs Cleveland (Animal Care & Control), is a sweetheart of a dog and was part of our therapy dog training program, but his personality turned out to be not the best fit for the program. Nonetheless, his foster family realized that he was the perfect fit in their home, so they adopted him and made him officially part of the family.
Picture of CJ on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Professor Ralphie has shown some behavioral issues as he adjusts to life in a loving home. A force-free trainer is working closely with him. He has also developed serious digestive issues that have responded to a special RX diet.
Update: Professor Ralphie has been with us for over a year now. He has improved somewhat in his behavior to others, but he still has a long way to go. He spent a couple of weeks in a local boarding facility when his foster caregivers had a death in the family, and the staff reported that he was friendly and played well in some carefully selected play groups. That is progress, and we hope Ralphie will continue to make strides in adapting to his new life. We will continue to update on his progress.
Update: Even though Ralphie has come so far, he remains somewhat unpredictable around people, so he will stay in his foster home for life. His foster caregivers have worked closely with Ralphie and have gained his trust, so we do not believe that he would adjust to a new home with new people.
Ralphie has been adopted by his foster caregivers. They felt that he should "officially" be theirs after years of serving as his Forever Fosters. Congratulations, Ralphie. Nothing has changed except your last name!
The photo of Ralphie on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Sylvia, an adorable 9-year-old scruffy Terrier picked up by Cleveland Animal Care & Control as a stray in the cold of winter, is a snuggly, sweet little dog. She is healthy overall and was spayed and had a dental without any issues.
Sylvia (now named Rosie) was adopted quickly by a family that had adopted a small senior dog from us previously. Rosie is now living the good life in a home that looks out on Lake Erie. She enjoys cuddling with her new family and barking as people and boats go by!
Brady, 10-year-old Pomeranian/Eskimo mix. Friendly and full of fun, Brady was being treated for bronchitis, anaplasmosis, and Lyme Disease. He is a popular fellow and has been adopted by his foster family now that his medical care is complete.
Mirra, 8-year-old small Terrier mix, arrived at the Sanctuary healthy with the exception of severe dental disease. She also had slightly elevated liver enzymes--not uncommon in new rescue dogs. Supplements for her liver made her healthy enough to have a much-needed dental and to be spayed. She is a bit shy and withdrawn at first but warms up quickly to people who are kind to her. A bit anxious, Mirra has been adopted by her caring foster family so that she will not need to move again and adjust to a new home and new people. Her family showers her with all the love she deserves.
Wolfgang, a senior Yorkie mix, came to the Sanctuary from a suburban animal control facility when he was picked up and no one came for him. He is so sweet and lovable that it didn't take long at all for a previous adopter to see him on Facebook and invite him into her home to join another little dog adopted from the Sanctuary. The adoption has been finalized now that his medical care is complete.
Nova, a 10-year-old Maltese mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from City Dogs Cleveland (Animal Care & Control) covered in mats and very thin. A few short months later, she has been spayed, gained weight, and found her perfect home. Nova was so popular that she had many people interested in adopting her. And it was hard to choose just one home, but she has settled in nicely and is exactly where she belongs.
Gonzo, a senior, small mixed breed dog, possibly Maltese and Powderpuff Chinese Crested, arrived from Cleveland Animal Care & Control matted and filthy showing evidence of long-term neglect (picture at left). His vet visit revealed severe, infected mats and an abscess, probably from a bite wound. Because his blood work was good and he was heart-worm negative, he was neutered right away to remove his painful mats while he was under. His remaining tooth was also removed, but that does not stop him from eating soft food with gusto! He loves to cuddle but also has some energy and likes to run around exploring his securely fenced yard.
Gonzo was adopted and then returned to the Sanctuary six months later when he was not a good fit for the adopter's active and outgoing lifestyle. He does best in a quiet home without a lot of visitors and with someone who will understand and respect his need to protect the people he loves. Gonzo is not immediately friendly with strangers, and he likes to bark at them and posture. But once he knows you, he is an excellent and devoted companion.
Gonzo has been adopted by his foster caregiver and will live out his life surrounded by love.
Dezmond, 9-year-old Lab mix from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, went straight from the shelter to an area vet clinic because he seemed so shut down that the shelter feared he was very ill. His exam revealed horribly infected teeth that were very painful but no other health issues. He had a dental that didn't go well, so he had a second dental and has now recovered completely.
Very shy on first meeting, Dezmond will learn to trust once he knows you are his friend. He loves to be stroked and cuddled and to run, chase his toys, and play in a securely fenced yard. Napping in a patch of sunshine, Dez knows how to relax and enjoy the day. He is very friendly with other dogs and would do best in a home with one or two friendly dogs as pals that do not mind his need for closeness. Although he has not been around cats, we believe he would be okay since he does not chase the squirrels in the yard. Rather, he sits and watches them without reaction while the other dogs bark and chase.
Dezmond has been adopted by a loving couple who have adopted two dogs from the Sanctuary in the past. We are so happy for Dez who needed a very special home and has finally found it.
Wren, 14-year-old mini Eskimo Dog, came to the Sanctuary diagnosed with diabetes, yet over time her reliance on insulin decreased until she no longer needed it. She was apparently transiently diabetic following a heat cycle, a condition called diestrus diabetes. Last month, Wren had a much-needed dental; in addition, she was spayed and had several mammary tumors removed. She came through her surgery like the champ that she is.
Wren is available for adoption to an adult home that will understand her age and the need to monitor her health, especially for the possible return of mammary tumors. She will repay that family's care with her comical ways and her devotion.
Because Wren had been through so much and adjusted so well to her foster family, they decided to adopt her so that she would not have to adjust to a new home.
Luna is a 10-year-old small, comical terrier mix, bald except for her head. She is hypothyroid and being treated for her hair loss. She has been adopted by a family that has adopted several dogs from us in the past, and she will join them after her spay and dental in mid-September.
Luna has settled into her new home with another dog adopted from the Sanctuary. She has the best of everything.
Picture of Luna on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Misty, 10-year-old Shih Tzu that landed at a rural shelter after being rescued from an Amish puppy mill. She has multiple health issues: heart murmur, mammary mass, and dental disease. We are working on her issues to decide if she will be adoptable or a Forever Foster. She is learning how to be a dog slowly and developing a bond with her fosters.
UPDATE: Misty had her surgery the second week of June 2020. The good news is that her mammary mass was a carcinoma that had not metastasized, and she is recovering nicely.
Misty was adopted by a couple who fell in love with her instantly. We have heard that she has settled into her new home nicely.
Sugar Plum, 10-year-old Retriever mix, came to the Sanctuary from an Ohio shelter when she had been seized from a hoarding situation. She is friendly and loving to her people and to other dogs. She tolerates her baths and vet care without an issue, and she is healthy and happy with the exception of some allergies. Sugar Plum will do best in a home with another friendly dog and people who will take her for walks and spend quality time with her.
Sugar Plum has been adopted by her loving foster family after seeing how well she fit into their home. She is comfortable and happy there, and we are glad she will not have to move again.
Zippy, 10+-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua, came to us from an area shelter where she had spent quite some time after being seized from a hoarding situation. The shelter began treatment her for skin infections and spayed her. While we were continuing skin treatment, her foster family fell in love with her and knew that she was a perfect fit with their other two dogs. So we are happy to report that Zippy--now named Moxie--has gone from foster dog to family dog in a short amount of time.
Ennis, 8- to 10-year old mixed breed with adorable ears. Ennis has been neutered and is ready for a home of his very own. According to his foster caregiver, Ennis is an easy dog to love.
After being with us for just over two months, Ennis has been adopted by a woman with plenty of love to give him. He shares his home with another dog adopted from the Sanctuary a couple years ago and a cat that he is learning to love.
Mia, a beautiful, 9-year-old Jack Russell mix, from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, picked up as a stray and remained unclaimed. She is a bit anxious around other dogs and would prefer to be the only dog in the home, just so she can soak up all the love and affection you have to offer. She loves riding in the car and giving kisses. Her health is good with just some mild allergies well controlled by medication.
After more than two years in foster care, Mia has found her perfect match with a wonderful woman who recently told us that Mia is everything she has ever hoped for. The wait was well worth it.
Photos of Mia courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Jade, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu (maybe mix?), came to the Sanctuary at Christmas time last year after being abandoned in the middle of a rural road. She is the sweetest little thing, weighing only 11 pounds. As a result of long-untreated dry eye, Jade's vision is limited, and she requires life-long, twice daily prescription eye ointment to stimulate tear production. Although her vision will never be normal, it has improved with treatment. Nothing slows her down, however. She has learned to navigate the yard in her foster home very well. Friendly to the other dogs in her foster home and to all the people she has met, she loves to play and to gnaw gently on your finger!
Jade has been adopted by a woman who has time to spend with her and lots of love to give.
Ross, a 12-year-old mixed breed, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in late September, skinny with fly-bitten ears and some very bad teeth. He is a sweet old guy, friendly to most people and dogs that he meets. He does seem a little shy around men, so introductions should be handled carefully. He is improving under the direction of a force-free area trainer. His vet visit revealed an autoimmune condition affecting his gums and some long untreated allergies. Because his mouth is so sensitive, he eats a diet of soft food that he enjoys immensely. He has been put on medication and has had a much needed dental.
Ross has been adopted by a young woman who thinks he is the greatest dog ever. And she just might be right.
Photo of Ross on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Gemma, a sweet senior Pomeranian, came to the Sanctuary from the Richland County Dog Warden. While she was there, the warden's office had her shaved down because she was so matted and dirty. She came to us a pretty little dog with a large hernia and a cyst. The hernia was repaired and the cyst removed, so Gemma is ready for her very own home. She is friendly and social with people and with dogs. One of her favorite activities is sitting on the laps of her friends. Gemma has had several medical challenges, but they have all been treated, and she is ready for her very own forever home.
Update: Gemma has found her place with several canine companions and a person who loves her unconditionally.
Maxine, a spunky senior Chihuahua from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, arrived at the Sanctuary in late July. She developed kennel cough that turned to pneumonia, but with aggressive medical treatment, she recovered and is now ready for her very own home. She does fairly well with the other dogs in the home after a carefully orchestrated introduction, but she would be very happy as the only dog in the home, and she absolutely does not tolerate cats. Her foster caregiver describes her as ". . . quirky, stubborn, outspoken, devoted and loving...everything that makes Chihuahuas irresistible."
Update: Maxine has been adopted and is enjoying life her two canine companions and even a cat!
Maxx, a 10-year-old Yorkie mix, came to us with a troubled past, and it has taken him quite a while to settle into a new life. Maxx has been through several foster homes that did not work out for various reasons, few of which were his fault. He is currently in a foster home but kept separate because the foster has other dogs. What Maxx needs is a quiet home without other animals. His ideal home has a fenced yard for him to run and chase his ball--one of his favorite activities. He has been moved so many times that we want to be sure the next move is his last.
Update: Maxx has found his place in a home with a loving family willing to work through his issues. He will be surrounded by love and the best care. Congratulations, Maxx! And special thanks to Woof Wise Dog Training for giving Maxx's family the tools they need to set Maxx up for success.
Kermit, a senior Maltese mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in June. In addition to being adorable, he is a lively little guy who gets along well with others and loves to hang out with his people. He was neutered and had a much-needed dental and mass removal in August. He is now ready for his very own home with people who will love him unconditionally.
Kermit has been adopted by a loving couple, and he shares his home with another dog who has become his friend.
Kona, a sweet Beagle mix, came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when she was picked up by officers who thought she had been hit by a car. She had wounds on her face and was very frightened. Her medical needs have been met, and she has come out of her shell and interacts with her foster family and the other dogs. Kona is a sweet older dog just waiting to meet you.
Kona has been adopted by a wonderful couple who will love her unconditionally for life. She has everything an old dog could want, especially the love and care of her new family.
Maggie May, a 10-year-old, large, mixed breed, is a sweet old gal who came to us when her family fell on very hard times and had to relinquish her to an area shelter. She shares her foster home with two small dogs, and they all became fast friends immediately. Diagnosed with low thyroid, she is responding nicely to daily medication. Maggie May is a gentle dog with a lot of love to give to the right family.
Maggie May has been adopted and shares her home with a loving family and two small dogs for canine best friends.
Photos of Maggie May courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Almonzo, a 10-year-old Mastiff mix, came to us early in 2014 from an inner city dog pound heartworm positive and withdrawn. But it did not take long until his foster caregiver recognized his outstanding qualities and recommended him for our therapy dog program. Almonzo is now healthy and happy; he has gained an amazing 50 pounds and passed his therapy testing with flying colors. He and FayFay were often seen together in an area nursing home entertaining the residents and bringing them joy and comfort until FayFay's passing. Now Almonzo visits alone with a loyal following of residents and family who adore him. He has his own laid back way of making everyone around him feel at ease despite his size. He is a true ambassador for big old dogs!
Almonzo has retired from active therapy dog work because of his growing anxiety and has been adopted by his foster caregiver and therapy handler.
Zinnia is a tiny 9-pound, 10- to 12-year-old Pomeranian from Cleveland Animal Care & Control who was picked up as a stray and not claimed. She is a sweetheart, easy-going, and very friendly. Her vet check revealed a grade 3-heart murmur that doesn't slow her down for a minute. She also was diagnosed with a kidney stone, so this week, she will have a dental and have the kidney stone removed. She will then be ready for her very own home where she will; be the delight of everyone.
Zinnia has been adopted by a kind woman who also has a shy puppy mill dog who responds to dogs more than to people and seems to take some comfort from Zinnia. They will both be well cared for and loved for life.
McGee, a 10-year-old Rottweiler/Boxer mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in late May and will have a thorough vet check the second week of June. When he is healthy enough, he will be neutered and have several skin tags removed. He will then be ready for adoption. But if you fall in love with him, he will break your heart because this handsome fellow already has an approved application to adopt!
And now it is official. McGee has a new last name and will live happily ever after.
Heloise--Weezy to her friends and family--a beautiful 8-year-old Boxer/Shepherd mix from Cleveland Animal Control where she was a staff and volunteer favorite, is a natural when she is posing for photos. She has won the hearts of everyone who met her, including her foster family who absolutely adore her and decided to adopt her when month after month passed and no one applied for her. Lucky Weezy. The only thing that will change for her is her last name.
Photo of Heloise courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Crystal, a senior Poodle/Bichon mix, came to us from a suburban police department when she was picked up as a stray and not claimed. She is a sweet little dog who adores her people and loves to share their company. Her medical care is now complete and she is looking for her new best friend.
Crystal has been adopted by a wonderful woman who adopted from us several years earlier, so we know she will have the best of everything, especially love.
Photo of Crystal on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Murray, a handsome, friendly, 10-year-old Black Lab, came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control with a very large tumor on his front leg. The tumor was de-bulked since it was too large to be removed with good margins, but it is likely to come back. Murray is still being evaluated for some lingering leg pain. We will update as new information becomes available.
Murray has been adopted by his loving foster family so that he will not have to adjust to a new home when they move out of state. Congrats, Murray!
Photo of Murray on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Frida, a 13-year-old nearly toothless, very thin Chihuahua from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, was thought to be in congestive heart failure, but her health has improved dramatically since she came to us early in October or 2018. Her teeth were so bad that it was difficult for her to eat. But she recently had a much-needed dental; one tooth was extracted and the few remaining ones were cleaned. She now enjoys eating and has gained some weight. Her energy level is good, she is friendly (even to cats), and she is a joy to be around.
Frida has been adopted by a wonderful couple who have adopted Sanctuary dogs before. Frida shares her new home with two previous Sanctuary dogs and two other friendly little dogs.
Photos of Frida courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
My name is Zora. I'm a very "young" senior Shih Tzu mix. Our vet thinks I am just 5-6 years old, but the shelter thought I was older because I am very low vision. I am a sweet little gal, friendly with everyone I meet. I live with two dogs, one small and one big, and a cat, but I am a little selective about my canine company. I was spayed at the end of July, and I am ready to move in with you and start my new adventure. The picture on the left was taken after she was groomed.
Zora was adopted by a wonderful woman who works mostly from home and gave Zora everything she needed for a great life filled with love, but downtown apartment living proved to be too much for her. She became anxious because of the comings and goings in the neighborhood and the noise of the traffic and the freighters in the flats. Her adopter did right by Zora and returned her to the Sanctuary. She is now in a foster home in the suburbs where she has settled in nicely. So she is looking for a forever home in a quiet neighborhood where she will be able to adjust easily.
Zora's foster home wisely decided to adopt her so that she would not have to go through the stress of another move since she has fit in so well with the other dog in the home (also adopted from the Sanctuary) and Maggie May, a Sanctuary foster. Zora is safe for life!
My name is Elmer. I am a handsome senior Shih Tzu from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, so matted and filthy when I arrived that I had to be shaved down immediately. But I objected strenuously to having my face shaved, so I remained a mop-top until my surgery a couple weeks later to remove a lump from my eyelid. At that time, operation shave-down was complete, and I emerged a handsome little man. I am already neutered, friendly with other dogs, and available for adoption in NE Ohio.
Elmer has been adopted by a couple who are absolutely devoted to him. They call him "Bud," and he eagerly follows them everywhere. He has landed on all four paws and will be loved unconditionally for life.
Rei, a 10-year-old Toy Fox Terrier, came to the Sanctuary in May of 2018 from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Shortly after she came to us, she developed a severe case of pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. Rei is a spunky little dog who enjoys the company of her foster family and tolerates the other dogs in the home as long as they are not hyper or pushy. She is healthy and has been spayed and is ready for her very own home now.
Rei has found the perfect home with a woman who loves her completely. She had a bed, toys, and everything she could possibly want waiting for her when she arrived. She will be cherished for life.
Leona, a 7- to 8-year-old Chihuahua mix is simply stunning with one blue eye and one brown eye, seeing heaven and earth at the same time, according to Native American legend. She came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when she was picked up on the street but not claimed. Leona is an intelligent, loyal dog who will make herself at home quickly in the right family. She is healthy and happy, just waiting for her very own family.
Leona has found a home of her very own with another small dog for company and all the unconditional love she could ever want.
Chelsea, a senior Poodle, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care and Control when she was picked up as a stray and no one claimed her. She is full of spunk and energy and will entertain you for hours with her antics. She recently had a much needed dental and has been spayed. She is ready for the next chapter of her life in her very own home.
Chelsea has been adopted by a couple with another Poodle as Chelsea's new best friend. The moment they met, they jumped on the couch together as if old friends.
Rubio, senior Shih Tzu from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, recently recovered from a serious bout of pneumonia. He is ready for his very own home since his dental was completed in September. He is shown on the right accompanying his foster caregiver at work and on the left after being groomed to reveal a strikingly handsome dog!
Rubio has been adopted by a loving couple and shares his home with a German Shepherd whom he adores.
Chauncey, an 8- to 10-year-old Chihuahua/Peke mix, from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Being evaluated for health issues, but has lots of interest so far. We will update when he is ready for adoption.
Chauncey has been adopted by his foster family since he fit in so well and filled a hole in their hearts when they lost one of their cherished seniors.
Weebles, senior Chihuahua that was thought to have a broken elbow but later diagnosed as an arthritic shoulder, loves everyone she meets. She is friendly with other dogs her size and is just a joy to be around. Her medical needs have been met, and she is now ready to move into a loving home that will offer her unconditional love for the rest of her life.
Weebles has been adopted by a loving family that adopted two dogs from us previously. She will be loved and cared for unconditionally.
Marlon (FKA Maple), an 8- to 10-year-old Shih Tzu arrived at Cleveland Animal Care & Control so matted that everyone thought he was a she until his shave down revealed the truth!! Marlon was shut down and afraid for the first week or two with the Sanctuary. Then he blossomed and became so attached to his foster caregiver that she decided to adopt him, and that's just fine with Marlon who will be safe and loved for life.
Picture of Marlon courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
PB Cookie, a 10-year-old Spaniel mix, arrived from Richland County with a serious problems with her jaw. Regardless, she is adorable and very sweet and loyal. As a result, she was adopted before she even made it to the web site. Congratulations, PB Cookie. Enjoy your new life.
Louisa, a small, senior Poodle/Schnauzer mix, was literally transformed after being groomed. Her before picture on the left tells a sad story of neglect, but the picture on the right shows the beautiful dog that emerged. Her foster caregiver reports that she now prances on her daily walks, feeling much better and knowing that she looks good. Louisa is deaf, and she has had a much-needed dental. She is now available for adoption in NE Ohio to a family that will understand her special needs and love her unconditionally for life.
Louisa had several applications to adopt her, but she has taken her place in a home where she is the center of the universe with a woman who will love her unconditionally for life. Congratulations, Louisa.
Bonita, a senior Chihuahua from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She was very frightened, but she is slowly coming around. She takes a while to warm up, but she gets along well with other dogs. She has been spayed and her teeth cleaned.
Bonita has been adopted! She shares her home with a wonderful woman withy a heart for senior dogs and several canine pals. Congratulations, Bonita.
Wexford, a big hunk of a Cane Corso mix who loves everyone he meets--well, except apparently for his vet, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care and Control skinny and heart worm positive. At 6-7 years old, Wexford has completed his treatment for heartworm disease and is now available for foster-to-adopt with the adoption being finalized when he tests negative for heartworm. Wexford gets along well with cats and submissive female dogs, but he should not share a home with another male dog.
Wexford has been adopted by a couple who are committed to his happiness. He shares his home with 5 cats who are becoming his friends, and he enjoys long walks daily.
Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Raven, a 13-year old Yorkie mix, also came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in September. She was quite thin with significant hair loss. In fact, her back was nearly bald, as you can see in the picture on the left. After several weeks of a good diet and medicated baths, she is starting to look and feel much better. Raven still has a ways to go, but we are confident that she will be healthy with a beautiful coat soon. In the photo on the right, she has begun to settle into her foster home and enjoy her meals.
Raven has been adopted by a loving family that understands her special needs and will love her unconditionally for life.
Rambler Ann, a 9-year-old Border Collie/Pit Bull mix, came to us in July 2017 from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She is easy-going and friendly, a joy to be around. She has been spayed and is healthy and ready for her very own home. Rambler Ann has been working with an area force-free trainer to become less reactive to certain other dogs. She will need to continue training for a bit in order to make a smooth transition to a new home. Rambler Ann should be the only pet in the home or share her home with a laid back, easy-going dog that she responds well to and that will not challenge her.
Rambler Ann was adopted by her foster family when it became clear that she was completely comfortable there after a tough time settling in. She has a canine best friend that has helped her adjust, and we are happy that she will never have to move again.
Photo in the center courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Sweet June, a senior Beagle/Min Pin mix, came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She had a hernia the size of an orange that needed immediate repair, as you can see in her kennel picture on the left. Dr. Bob of the Tremont Animal Clinic, shown holding her on the right, scheduled her for surgery right away. We are happy to report that June had her hernia repaired, was spayed, and had several benign mammary masses removed. Her recovery is complete, and she healthy and happy, looking for her very own special home. June is estimated to be about 13 years old, but you would never guess that from her energy level and her zest for life. She is a true love of a dog. She will capture your heart and give back all the love you shower her with tenfold.
June has been adopted by a wonderful couple who will cherish her for life.
Emily, a senior Chihuahua from Cleveland Animal Care & Control with some very big ears. She had developed some very serious health issues that we aggressively treated. Emily was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which is now being effectively managed with diet.
Emily settled in to her foster home so well and her health was so delicate that her foster caregivers adopted her so that she could stay in the home that she had come to love. She is shown here with one of her new best friends. She can always be found playing or sleeping with one of her new best friends.
Frosty, a handsome, soulful 7- to 9-year old Golden Retriever mix, arrived last week from Cleveland Animal Care & Control a matted, filthy, anxious mess. He went straight to Style Mutt Dog Boutique where the wonderful groomers there cleaned him up and made him feel so much better. His next stop was to see Dr. Bob at the Tremont Animal Clinic. His medical problems--urinary tract infection, intestinal parasites, and mild arthritis--have responded to medication. He also had an ultrasound to investigate some lingering bladder issues. He is now healthy and happy. Frosty has qualities that would make him an excellent candidate for a therapy dog.
Frosty has been neutered and then was adopted by a couple who love him dearly and will give him everything he needs for life. He is one lucky pup.
Willy, a 9-year-old Shih Tzu, came to us recently when Cleveland Animal Care & Control picked him up so matted, filthy, and flea-infested, that he could not see for the mats completely covering his eyes (double picture at left). The kind staff there shaved him down immediately making him feel so much better. He is already neutered and is healthy except for dry eye, which will require life-long treatment with eye ointment. Since he has left the kennel and boarding, he has relaxed and is enjoying his foster home. Willy loves friendly dogs and people, and even seemed to enjoy the somewhat exuberant attention of the larger dogs in play groups while still in the kennel.
Following Willy's make over, he had many people interested in him because he is so darned cute and lovable. He was adopted by a family with two big Newfies that have become Willy's best friends.
Petula, 13- to 14-year-old Poodle mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in September horribly matted and in very poor health. She is recovering and may be available for adoption if her health continues to improve. The photo on the left was taken when she arrived at Animal Control. In the center photo, she has been shaved down and the mats removed. The photo on the right shows her beauty after she was groomed and had a photo session with Portraits by Martha. Petula's health continues to improve, and she is very energetic and affectionate.
Petula has been adopted by a loving couple with two other small dogs that immediately followed Petula around cementing their friendship. She will have everything she needs for life.
Jett, a "young senior" Chihuahua/Dachshund mix at 6 to 7 years old, was thought to be a very frightened older dog when we took her from Cleveland Animal Care & Control (picture at left). But it turns out that she is actually younger than anyone thought, quite healthy, and not afraid once she was out of the kennel and secure in her foster home. She is beautiful with the biggest ears we have seen in a long time. Jett loves to play with the other dogs in her foster home, so she would like nothing better than a home of her very own with a friendly dog or two as companions.
Jett was adopted by a family experienced in small rescue dogs. She joins two others in a happy home with lots of windows to watch the world go by.
Sir Jonathon (FKA Poodle Man), is about 12 years old from Cleveland Animal Care & Control (picture on the left) and had his first vet check up which went well, but he has since developed an issue with his back that has responded well to medication. He has been groomed (picture on the right) and is ready for his very own home.
Sir Jonathon has gone to his new home with a wonderful young woman who is getting laser treatments for his back issues and surrounding him with the love he deserves.
Blanche, a 12-year-old toy Poodle, is a sweet bundle of love. She has been successfully spayed and has had some mammary tumors removed. She is a real love and absolutely adorable, but she prefers to be the only dog in the home or top share her home with a smaller more submissive dog. She loves to be carried and to sit in your lap. The person lucky enough to adopt her will have a devoted friend.
Blanche has been adopted by a couple who will provide her with unconditional love and the best of care for the rest of her life. As an added bonus, she has a new best friend, an old blind Poodle named Charlie.
Grayson, a 7-year-old Poodle mix, came to us when he was not adopted from an area shelter. He is full of fun, friendly, and energetic. He needs the company of active people and other dogs. He also enjoys time in his securely fenced backyard playing with his people and his dog friends. Grayson is healthy and happy, but he can be a bit of a barker when he is excited, so he would not be a good fit for an apartment.
Grayson has been adopted by a couple with a younger dog that looks amazingly like Grayson. On his first day in his new home, Grayson ran and played, chasing Clark around and around the yard, both clearly enjoying the company of another dog.
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Pebbles, a senior Shih Tzu mix, is a sweetheart of a dog. She came to us with multiple health issues that have now been addressed. She has just been spayed and is ready for her new home. She has some issues with her rear legs, possibly from past trauma. She gets around fine but has a charming little wobble when she walks. You will have an immediate best friend for life when you adopt Ms Pebbles!
Pebbles is much more bonded to dogs than she is to people. She has been adopted into a home with a fenced yard for her to run and play with her best little dog friends.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Skittles, a 10-year-old affectionate and sweet little Chihuahua, was found in a downtown Cleveland neighborhood and turned in to animal care by a good Samaritan. She had a check up at our veterinary clinic and then had all of her badly infected teeth removed. But that doesn't stop her from enjoying her meals and her life. And, yes, she is as loving as she is adorable.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Jackie, an 8- to 10-year-old, large and lovable Terrier mix, was picked up while wandering a local Cleveland cemetery, and, although her family was located, they could not take her back. So she came to us and has not looked back. Since her blood work was unremarkable, a large mass under her shoulder will be removed in a couple of weeks after she has settled into her new life. We are so glad to have her.
Update: Jackie, now known as Sandy, made her first appearance to Adoption Sunday just a few days after her surgery. There she found a person who will love her unconditionally. She was recently spotted at the Summer Scoop, showing off her good fortune at being adopted.
Mister and Chica Louise, a bonded pair of 12-year-old Chihuahuas, have been together their entire lives, and they need to stay together now. After losing the only home they have ever know, they came to the Sanctuary a bit shy and frightened. But it didn't take long for them to realize that they were safe and still had each other. Typical Chihuahuas, Mister and Chica Louise warm up to people fairly quickly once they realize they can trust them. They have both had dentals and complete health checks, and they are ready for their forever home where they will be cherished for life.
Update: Mister & Chica Louise have been adopted by a loving couple who came for one dog and ended up with two! They also have a Chihuahua mix named Diablo, but don't worry. He is not a little devil, and he and the three of them are getting along famously.
Cassidy, a 7- to 8-year-old Terrier is a bundle of love and energy. She was treated for a very serious urinary tract infection, which is now gone. She has also been spayed and had a dental in which she lost five teeth. But she is now healthy and happy and ready for her very own home.
Cassidy has been adopted by a retired woman who has a senior dog in need of companionship, and she will be happy and well-loved for life. Congratulations, Cassidy!
Sydney, a 12-year-old Pomeranian, came to the Sanctuary with Boopsie, Polie, and Twisty when they were confiscated from the home of a woman who could no longer care for them. They had been living in deplorable conditions without veterinary care for many years. Each has some health issues that our veterinarian is addressing, primarily urinary tract infections and bad teeth. They have now all been spayed, had much-needed dentals, and had their other medical needs met. Sydney was such a good fit in her foster home that she was immediately adopted by her foster family. She shares her home with two other Pomeranians, both Forever Fosters with the Sanctuary, and a Min Pin also adopted from the Sanctuary. Congratulations, Sydney!
Cognac, a 10- to 12-year-old Sheltie mix, found herself in Cleveland Animal Care and Control with no owner coming to claim her. On arrival she was thin and distrustful, but she has settled into her foster home and is gaining in trust and confidence every day. She enjoys time spent with her people and with friendly dogs. We aren't sure how she feels about cats, so a cat-free home would be the best for her. Cognac's health is good, and we hope that she will be adopted into her very own home soon.
Cognac, now named Cocoa, was adopted by a wonderful woman who had adopted a senior dog from us five years ago. After Betty and her friend Charlie crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Mary Lou knew she needed the friendship of another old dog. She came to Adoption Sunday, met Cognac, and the rest, as they say is history.
Lilo, a very sweet, laid back, 8- to 9-year-old Shih Tzu mix, came from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where she arrived so covered in painful mats that she had to be completely shaved down. She has visited our vet and received a clean bill of health except for being a little underweight. She has gained some much-needed weight and has been spayed, so she is now ready for her very own home.
Lilo was adopted by a lovely family that had adopted two senior dogs from the Sanctuary years earlier. They needed an old dog in their lives, and they couldn't be happier with Lilo!
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Milo, 8-year-old Chihuahua, from Cleveland Animal Care and Control, has been successfully treated for skin problems from long-neglected allergies. His health is much improved, and his fur has grown back. In fact, it is hard to recognize the dog that he once was in his pound picture on the right. He gets along well with other dogs unless he is busy being a lap dog; then he can be a little protective of his people. He is shown on the left in the arms of his foster caregiver, relaxed, happy, and handsome. He has come a long way from the frightened, sick little dog we brought it. he will make a wonderful addition to the right home.
After spending well over a year with the Sanctuary, Milo has found the perfect home with a loving couple who have adopted old dogs from us in the past. He takes his place in a family full of love and care. His medical needs will be met, and he will be loved unconditionally for life.
Ozzy, a 10-year-old Chihuahua, is an easy-going guy. He gets along well with everyone he meets including other friendly dogs. He was adopted by a loving couple following his first visit to Adoption Sunday. He is shown here in his new home staying warm and toasty on a cold Cleveland day. His new "dad" works from home, so Ozzy is rarely alone, and that suits him just fine!
Murdock, a 10-year-old blind Lab from a hoarding case in Pike County, came to us in January of 2015 after living in an outside pen and being confiscated by the warden. Knowing his background, we assumed he would be timid, shut down, and poorly socialized. Boy, were we wrong! Murdock is loving, outgoing, and inquisitive. Everyone he meets is his friend: cats, dogs, people. His blindness does not slow him down at all as the occasional head thunks you hear when he runs into a barrier at full tilt make clear. He even enjoys his warm towel after a bath!
Murdock has celebrated one year in his foster home in February of 2016; he is healthy and happy and ready for his very own home where he can settle in and share his irrepressible joy with the world. For more information on Murdock, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Murdock has found his home after a year and a half of waiting. He now lives with two other dogs, and a loving couple who will be sure that Murdock is happy and well-cared for.
Photos of Murdock courtesy of Ruff, Pet Photography.
Cinders, a 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel, is one of the sweetest, gentlest dogs we have even met. Cinders came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where she was found as a stray. Cinders is hard of hearing and blind, but she immediately bonded with her foster caregiver and the other friendly dogs in her foster home. She will make a devoted and valued companion to the person lucky enough to adopt her. Cinders has been spayed and is ready for a home of her very own.
Update: Cinders has been adopted by a loving couple who dote on her and spoil her. She shares her home with two other dogs that have become her fast friends. We wish you the happiest life, Cinders.
Millicent, a 9-year-old Pug/Beagle mix who went from animal control to a large local shelter. But no one showed an interest in her, so she came to the Sanctuary where people come to find old dogs. But in under a week, her foster caregiver put dibs on Millicent, and she has been adopted by a family that has fostered and adopted several dogs from the Sanctuary in the past. Happy new life, Millicent.
Lopez, 8- to 10-year old Bichon mix, as sweet as he is adorable. He had a successful surgery to remove bladder stones and is feeling much better now. Lopez is an absolute joy of a dog, friendly, affectionate, and easy going, one of the all-around nicest dogs we have had in a while.
Update: Lopez was adopted in June 2016 by a wonderful family who had adopted another senior dog from us in 2015. Lopez joins MacDuff (now known as Milo) in a home devoted to their care. He is one very lucky and sweet old guy!
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Squirt, 4- to 5-year-old Chihuahua mix thought to be older because of an eye problem that has left him blind. He has been neutered and is ready for his very own home. He is friendly to other dogs and everyone he meets. Squirt is a perfect gentleman. For more information on Squirt, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Squirt was adopted in June 2016 by a family with three other friendly little dogs. Because of an ulcer that would not heal, Squirt had one eye removed before joining his new family. His permanent wink makes him even more adorable.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Lucy D, a 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was surrendered to a NE Ohio shelter, and she arrived at the Sanctuary on November 6, 2015. Shortly afterward, she developed a stubborn case of kennel cough that quickly turned to pneumonia. We are happy to report that she responded to aggressive treatment and is recovering nicely. She also has a tumor on her upper jaw that our vet believes is benign, but it will be removed in mid-December when she is spayed and has a much-needed dental. Lucy D will be placed up for adoption if her health permits; if not, she will have a loving foster home with us for whatever time she has left. We will update Lucy next week when we know more about her health. Her shelter picture is on the left. The other two pictures were taken shortly after she arrived.
Update: Our vet has estimated Lucy D's age at closer to 10 years old than 15 as the shelter stated. Good food and good care have helped her become a healthier, happier dog. She has lots of energy and loves to play with her toys. She has had her surgery and the good news is that her tumors both in her mouth and in the mammary chain were all benign. She has been spayed and is now officially looking for her very own home. For more information on Lucy D, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Lucy D was adopted in June 2016 by a lovely family who will make her the center of their home. She is one lucky little dog. When last seen, she was snoozing comfortably on the lap of her new mom.
Macie, a senior Lab mix from Morrow County, arrived November 27. She is a sweet old gal who had multiple mammary tumors that have now been removed and she has been spayed. Happily, her mammary tumors were all benign, and she has been given a clean bill of health. Macie is an easy-going dog, gentle and affectionate. She gets along well with dogs, cats, and people. She is a true gem, a loving and loyal old gal just waiting for a home of her very own.
Update: Macie has been adopted by a long term friend of the Sanctuary. She has joined another senior dog who accepted her right away. Macie was recently seen with her head in the refrigerator, exploring its contents. Enjoy the good life, Macie.
Photos of Macie courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Bunny (known as Tootsie in the shelter) is an older Chihuahua who found herself alone in a NW Ohio animal shelter after a rescue took the dog she was surrendered with but did not have space for Bunny. She just arrived at the Sanctuary on November 5 and will have her first vet visit next week. We will know more about her age and her health then. Her shelter picture is on the left; the middle picture was taken on her freedom ride to Cleveland, and the picture on the right was taken in her foster home. Bunny is a little frightened, but she is starting to warm up and relax a little. She is sharing her foster home with Milo, another little Chihuahua with the Sanctuary (see below in adoptable dogs).
Update: Bunny has developed a stubborn case of kennel cough and is being treated aggressively so that it does not become pneumonia. Please keep her in your thoughts.
Update: Bunny has recovered from kennel cough, and her true personality is emerging. She is an affectionate dog with a sunny disposition despite her often serious look. She is now ready for her very own home. For more information on Bunny, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Bunny was adopted and has taken her place with two other friendly dogs and a woman who loves her and cares for her. Congratulations, Bunny!
Barney, an handsome 8-year-old Lab/Basset Hound mix, came to us from a central Ohio County where he had been taken after being removed from the home of a hoarder. Another rescue took all of the small dogs but left Barney because he was too larger for them. He came to the Sanctuary just long enough to be neutered and put on a diet to lose some much needed weight. He was quickly adopted by a retired gentleman who had adopted two unsocialized, bonded seniors from the Sanctuary many years ago. At last report, Barney, who had been a bit anxious in his foster home, had settle in nicely and was getting more comfortable every day.
Ruth, a senior Chihuahua from Lucas County, came to the Sanctuary in March of 2015. She is a small, gentle dog and will be available for adoption following completion of her heartworm treatment and surgery for cherry eye. She prefers a home as the only dog or with just one or two other friendly, low-key dogs.
Update: Ruth has successfully completed her heartworm treatment and has had her surgery to correct her cherry eyes; she is now available for adoption. If you are interested, in Ruth, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Ruth was adopted by a wonderful family who has adopted from the sanctuary in the past. She joins Charlotte (former SSD dog) and Whiz along with her human family. Congratulations, Ruth!
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Autumn is a tiny, 10-year-old Yorkie from Cleveland Animal Control. She came to us with a fractured leg that has since healed. A loving dog that bonds quickly with those who love her, she has been spayed and had a much-needed dental and is now just waiting for her very own home. For more information on Autumn, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Autumn has been adopted by her foster caregiver where she shares her home with two cats, both of which are larger than she is. She is settling in nicely, and it's good to know that she will not have to move and adjust to a new home, especially since she can be a bit anxious.
Gorgeous fall portrait of Autumn courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Arlo, a 10-year-old Doberman/hound mix, is a lively fellow, full of good cheer. He came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control with two large tumors that were removed and were, thankfully, benign. Aside from some skin issues caused by allergies, Arlo is a healthy dog who enjoys the love and devotion of his people. He would do best in an adult home with people who will take him for frequent short walks and shower him with attention and affection. He loves the fenced yard in his foster home, but it is not a necessity. Arlo is loyal and devoted to the people who love him.
Update: After being moved from one foster home to another for not liking cats, Arlo has finally found a home of his own. We are not sure why it took so long for him to be adopted, but he is now home.
Ginny (formerly known as Ruthie at the pound) came to us on Easter in 2015 from the Jackson County Dog Pound where she had been picked up as a stray. A cute little 7-year-old Puggle, Ginny sadly has a long way to go to health and adoptability. She went through a false (thankfully!!) pregnancy and was heartworm positive. She has just completed her heartworm treatment. The next step in her journey will be to be spayed, and then she will be ready for adoption. But her foster family has fallen in love and will adopt her as soon as she is ready. So Ginny is spoken for.
Update: Ginny has been successfully treated for heartworm and spayed. She has now been officially adopted by her foster family. It was love at first sight for Ginny and her family.
Sherlock, 10-year-old Lhasa, from a NW Ohio shelter, being treated for a skin infection. He has been neutered and is ready for his very own home.
Update: Sherlock looks like a new dog, and he has been adopted by a couple who have adopted from the Sanctuary previously. We wish Sherlock a long and happy life in his new home.
Edison, 7-year-old Boxer mix, came to the Sanctuary from an area shelter when he was found running the streets of a Cleveland suburb. Edison was adopted by a Sanctuary board member and her mother. Sadly, both recently passed away from cancer leaving Edison with no choice but to return to a Sanctuary foster home. Friendly and easy-going with people and friendly dogs, Edison will make an excellent companion for a person or family looking for a younger senior. Edison shares his foster home with several dogs and gets along well with them. He loves having a playmate, and he loves to cuddle and sit next to you on the couch.
Update: Edison has been adopted by his foster caregiver! After conversation with our veterinarian, we decided that yet another move in Edison's life would cause him undue stress and anxiety, so his foster family welcomed Edison into their home permanently.
McDuff, 10-year-old West Highland Terrier/Bichon Frise mix from a NW Ohio shelter, tested negative for Cushings disease and will need two tumors removed when he is healthy enough.
Update: McDuff was adopted as soon as his surgery was completed. His tumors were benign, and he is settling into his new home where he is already surrounded by love.
Moses, 8- to 10-year-old ShihTzu, from Cleveland Animal Care and Control. Lovable and ready for adoption.
Update: Moses was adopted by a wonderful woman looking for a best friend, and she found it in Moses. He is king of his new castle and loving every minute of it.
Jimbo,an 8-year-old Poodle, from Cleveland Animal Care and Control, is a comical and friendly dog. He loves to dance on his back legs and smile at you. He gets along well with the dogs and cats in his foster home and should be able to settle into his very own home with little trouble. Jimbo has been recently neutered and is being evaluated for hair loss and skin issues. He has also had a much-needed dental.
Jimbo, whose new name for his new life is Diego, has been adopted by an employee of our wonderful veterinarian clinic. He joins three other small dogs and a cat in his new home.
Candice, a beautiful and gentle 8-year-old Schnauzer, came to us from an urban pound where she was surrendered when her elderly owners could no longer care for her. She was so depressed and shut down that she was overlooked time and again as she huddled in the back of her kennel. She came to us to have a better chance at adoption, and after some necessary medical care, she was adopted immediately by a previous adopter and friend of the Sanctuary. Candice will share her new life with several cats and a friendly dog named Ty. We know she will enjoy a wonderful life in her new home. Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Stan Lee, a 12- to 14-year-old Shepherd/Hound/Doberman mix was confiscated by Cleveland Animal Control when the temperatures dropped below zero in January of 2015. Stan Lee had been confined outdoors his entire life with little socialization. A compassionate neighbor fed him and interacted with him when she could and then called animal control to report him. Regardless of his past, he is friendly, inquisitive, and even a little goofy sometimes. He showered our vet and volunteers with kisses on his very first day out of animal control.
He gets along well with friendly dogs and cats after a controlled and careful introduction. His health has stabilized, and he is now ready for his very own home. Stan Lee has some arthritis, so he enjoys short, easy walks and would do best in an adult home with few or no stairs. Since the weather is warmer, he enjoys riding in a cart behind his foster caregiver's bicycle with his best friend Buttercup the Chihuahua.
Update: Stan Lee has been adopted by his foster family. His best friend Buttercup is very happy about that! And we are glad that Stan Lee will stay with his family for life.
Chica, a tiny 3.6 pound sweetheart of a senior Chihuahua with a multitude of medical problems, came to the Sanctuary in mid-April 2015 from Cleveland Animal Control. She was very ill and had the worst case of dental disease we have seen in quite some time along with leg pain, possibly from an old untreated injury. She was being aggressively treated with antibiotics and pain medicine. She healed nicely, had a much-needed dental, and then was adopted almost immediately by a woman who loves her unconditionally and has named her Coraline.
Juni is a sweet, spunky, happy gal. She came to us from a rural southern Ohio shelter where she had been found wandering a major highway. Her microchip traced back to Petland and was never updated, so we have no idea what her life was like for the past 10 years, only that she was a pet store purchase. Weighing in at 13 pounds, Juni loves the companionship of her foster family, and she gets along well with the other dogs there. She has been okay with the cat, but she seems just a little too interested. If she shared her home with a cat, she would need to be closely monitored to be sure they get along. Juni is spayed and healthy except for a yeast infection that is responding to aggressive treatment. Juni is a loving, loyal dog in need of a stable, caring home. If you can open your home and your heart to little Juni, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Juni was adopted by a wonderful couple and now shares her life with two other dog friends who have quickly become her friends. Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Update: Juni did not appreciate the attentions of one of the dogs in her adoptive home, so she returned to the Sanctuary and was quickly adopted by Betty, a second-time adopter who was looking for the perfect little dog. She found it in Juni. The two have become fast friends. They are shown on the right on the day that Juni arrived in her new home. They are the perfect match! Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Alfred, a 7- to 10-year-old Spaniel mix, came to us in September of 2014 from Cleveland Animal Control when no one came to claim him. He is shown on the left during his stay at animal control and on the right a much happier fellow enjoying a car ride. He is a small dog, currently only 20 pounds but looking to gain another 5 pounds for good measure. Alfred has been neutered and had his medical needs met. He is a friendly guy who gets along well with everyone he meets, including friendly dogs and cats. He is just waiting for his perfect home so he can relax and enjoy the rest of his life. He can be a bit vocal in new surroundings or when you come home after being away, but he settles down quickly and is happy to share your company. If you would like more information about Alfred, please contact the Sanctuary. You will be glad that you did.
Update: Alfred was adopted by a woman who will care for him and give him unconditional love for life. He shares his home with two friendly old dogs who have become his best friends. Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Zippy, a 9-year-old Rat Terrier, is a sweet-natured gal; healthy and happy. She loves to play and cuddle. She recently was successfully treated for a sinus condition that caused frequent and violent sneezing. Zippy is playful and thrives on attention. She gets along well with other dogs, especially if they will play with her.
If you are looking for the perfect companion, don't over look Zippy. She is looking for love and stability in her life.
Update: After being in her foster home for nearly two years, Zippy has found her very own home that she willingly shares with several other small dogs. She is getting the best of everything. Her forever home was definitely worth waiting for. Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
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